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Hv3 and the Art of Minimalist Web-Browsing

Dec 31, 2008, 18:17 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"Hv3 opens on a gun metal gray window with four top-level menus, a toolbar consisting of five basic navigation choices, and the URL entry field (as well as debugging tools that are, presumably, temporary). At the bottom is a status bar that gives instructions for toggling between modes, but [H3v screenshot] apparently does nothing yet. Both bookmarks and downloads open in separate tabs, rather than in a menu or a floating window, which makes for a less cluttered appearance than in most browsers, but does result in each new tab opening by displaying bookmarks. This default occasionally comes in handy, but is more often an annoying preliminary step to what you really want to do.

"Two unusual features in the Hv3 window are the ability to hide the menus and toolbar to maximize display space, and a tree view of the page's HTML source. Both are available from the right-click menu for a link. The tree view is especially welcome, since it is quicker to navigate than the plain text file of markup you get in most browsers. The difference, I suspect, is that the Hv3 assumes that users are actively interested in looking through the markup and using it as efficiently as possible, so that the view is not just an after-thought."

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